We stayed at Au Sourire de Montmartre in the end of May 2013. It is very easy to find this B & B and very close to the metro station. It is in a nice area with several restaurants nearby. You can walk up the hill for more places to eat as well. The night we walked up the hill we heard a musician playing typical French music on his violin and it felt just like being in a French movie. Sacre Coeur is at the top of the hill and it is lit up beautifully at night.
The neighborhood felt safe at all times and we used the bus system to visit the Eiffel Tower before breakfast one morning. Easy to navigate.
The rooms are lovely, if small. Our room did have a computer with free internet access which came in very useful at the end of our stay.
The breakfast was quite varied with croissants, jams, fruits and eggs. We even brought in our own breakfast cereal (French cereal that we wanted to try) and they gave us bowls of milk to pour our cereal into. Just a quick note. I do wish the breakfast started a little earlier as we wanted to eat early and get out to go sightseeing in Paris.
The B & B itself is very pretty with unique decorations throughout. The top level is gorgeous with the skylight and the high ceilings. Several travel books from the Middle East are available to read if you have an interest. The owner is very kind and friendly.
We do have a couple of negative issues. During our stay, France was experiencing a very cold May with heavy rain and 37 degree Fahrenheit weather. While it was never cold in the B & B, the shower water was freezing! For me, I was the first one up in the B & B (I think) and I had hot water. My husband was second (and he's very fast in the shower) and his water was warm. But when my son took his shower, only cold water was left. Given that one must open the window by the shower or it would be too stuffy, he was freezing the first morning. The second day, he showered at night thinking everyone else would have showered by then and the hot water would have replenished. But, again, the same thing. Cold water only. The last morning, he got up at 5:00 a.m. to shower and it happened a third time. It was definitely distressing since it was so cold in Paris at the time.
Also, on the last morning of our stay, only one person was in the room to pack up as the other two in our family were at the police station to file a police report. My husband was putting together our things as quickly as possible, but the maid came in half an hour early and rushed him out of the room. He had to grab everything and hurry out then and there. I do not know why this occurred but it was a little unsettling as two of us were frantically trying to finish up the police report (in French!) and get to the train station in time for our departure train.
However, I would recommend this B & B for one main reason. Madame offers free phone calls from her house to the U.S. on the house phone. Our wallet was stolen on the Paris Metro and of course, all of our credit cards were inside the wallet. We immediately went back to the B & B and started using the house phone to contact the banks in the U.S. to advise them of the theft. It helped tremendously, also, to have free internet. We could access our various accounts and other companies to notify them of the situation. Had we not been able to place the phone calls, the crooks would have been able to use our credit cards to charge anything they wanted until the following morning. We are tremendously grateful for the use of the phones for this reason.
Hint: do NOT carry any wallets in back pockets on the metro, button or no button on your pockets! My son never felt a thing and then suddenly the wallet was gone by the next stop. These people are pros and you will never feel anything!
Enjoy your stay in Paris!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Ilhame's Bed and Breakfast, on the doorstep of “Amelie Poulain’s” Montmartre. If you are looking for an authentic Parisian experience, and want to feel "at home in Paris", this is the place to stay!You can choose from a selection of five luxury B&B rooms with their own "en-suite" bathroom. Each bedroom has been tastefully decorated, all with their authentic and unique style. Influences from our French and Morocan origins can easily be recognized around the Bed & Breakfast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Au Sourire De Montmartre Hotel Paris